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For real this time: Cardinals shut down rookie Jaime Garcia

Sep 24, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

Last week the Cardinals announced that they were shutting down Jaime Garcia in order to limit the 23-year-old rookie’s workload in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery. Then earlier this week they announced that, well, maybe he’ll make one or two more starts after taking a couple rotation turns off.
And now they’ve announced that he’s again been officially shut down. Presumably for good, if only because how many more times can they go back and worth with only 10 games left in the season?
Garcia hasn’t pitched since September 13, but has still established a professional career-high with 163.1 innings after throwing just 37.2 innings in the minors last season. He finishes with a 13-8 record, 2.70 ERA, .243 opponents’ batting average, and 132/64 K/BB ratio in 28 starts and should get at least some votes in the Rookie of the Year balloting.

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